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Mitsubishi, Shell Canada Ink Blue Hydrogen MOU (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi, Shell Canada
Date: 2021-09-10
Mitsubishi Corp. and Shell Canada Products -- Shell Canada Limited -- are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding for the production of low-carbon hydrogen (blue hydrogen) through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) near Edmonton, Canada, the country's first "hydrogen hub."

Under the MoU, Mitsubishi aims to build and start-up the low-carbon hydrogen facility near the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Scottford in the latter half of this decade. Shell would provide CO2 storage via the proposed Polaris CCS project. The blue hydrogen would be produced via steam methane reforming technology and exported mainly to the Japanese market.

"Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 21. 2021. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Chem Eng. 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Shell Canada,  Blue Hydrogen,  


Wyoming, JCOAL Continue Carbon Tech. Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Japan Coal Energy Center
Date: 2021-08-06
In Cheyenne, the office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) reports the state is continuing its partnership with the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) in a 5-year collaborative first signed in 2016 to promote and strengthen the coal industry, technical cooperation and facilitation of coal related R&D , and development of a Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions. (Source: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, 307-777-7434, 307.632.3909 (fax), governor.wyo.gov/contact; JCOAL, www.jcoal.or.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Coal Energy Center,  Coal,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Misubishi, K Line Tout Ship-Board Carbon Capture Project (Int'l.)
Misubishi, K Line
Date: 2021-08-06
Japanese maritime shipping operator K Line is touting the world first on-board carbon capture system on an ocean going bulk carrier as part of its CC-Ocean project carried out jointly with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK.

The small CO2 capture plant was installed and commissioned on K Line’s coal carrier Corona Utility. The company and technical experts will evaluate the carbon capture plants operation performance at sea and analyze the captured CO2until the end of FY 2021, when the ship’s crew will further evaluate the plant’s operation and conduct demonstration tests in order to "fine-tune" and commercialize the plant.

K LINE notes it will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-OCEAN project, and contribute to activities aimed at achieving GHG reduction targets and realising a carbon-neutral society. (Source: Mitsubishi, K Line, PR, ShipInSight, Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Misubishi,  K Line,  Carbon Capture,  


Misubishi, K Line Tout CC-Ocean Carbon Capture Project (Int'l.)
Misubishi, K Line
Date: 2021-08-06
Japanese maritime shipping operator K Line is touting the world first on-board carbon capture system on an ocean going bulk carrier as part of its CC-Ocean project carried out jointly with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK.

The small CO2 capture plant was installed and commissioned on K Line's coal carrier Corona Utility. The company and technical experts will evaluate the carbon capture plant's operation performance at sea and analyze the captured CO2until the end of FY 2021, when the ship's crew will further evaluate the plant's operation and conduct demonstration tests in order to "fine-tune" and commercialise the plant.

K LINE notes it will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-OCEAN project, and contribute to activities aimed at achieving GHG reduction targets and realising a carbon-neutral society. (Source: K Line, ShipInSight, 6 Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Misubishi news,   K Line news,  Carbon Capture news,  


ANA, JAL Test SAF Blends on Domestic Flights (Int'l. Report)
JAL
Date: 2021-06-21
In Japan, All Nippon Airways Co.(ANA) and Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) last week announced separately that they used domestically produced sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) jointly developed by IHI Corp., Mitsubishi Power Ltd., and other firms on regular domestic flights.

All Nippon Airways used an SAF made from algae, and Japan Airlines used a fuel made from a combination of algae and wood chips at a 1 pct blend rate with regular jet fuel. (Source: All Nippon Airways, Japan News, 19 June, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Mitsubishi Investing in 600MW Laotian Wind Project (Int'l.)
Mitsubishi Corporation
Date: 2021-06-18
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) reports it will invest in Impact Energy Asia Development Limited (IEAD), the developer of a 600MW capacity onshore wind farm project in Laos. MC will invest through an intermediate holding company together with a group company of Impact Electrons Siam Co., Ltd. in Thailand.

The onshore wind farm -- the first in Laos -- will be located in Sekong and Attapeu Provinces and will the largest in South East Asia. The project is being developed as part of a MoU on power interchange signed between the Vietnamese and Lao governments in October 2016. If electricity exports from this project are realized, it is expected to be the first cross-border electricity interchange from wind power generation in South East Asia as planned by Lao government. (Source: Mitsubishi, PR, Eurasia Review, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Impact Energy Asia Development Limited, www.impactelectrons.com/laos; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Corporation,  Wind,  Laos Wind,  


Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Renewable Energy, Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-05-28
Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe renewable energy solutions that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es


Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi Power,Iberdrola
Date: 2021-05-21
Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe energy solutions based on renewable energy that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Power,  Iberdrola ,  


Mitsubishi Scores 50 MW Woody Biomass Plant Order (Int'l Report)
Mitsubishi Power
Date: 2021-05-14
Yokaham-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is reporting receipt of a turnkey order from Osaka-based special purpose company Hyuga Biomass Power for a 50 MW woody biomass-fired power generation facility in Japan.

The plant is expected to begin commercial operation in November 2024.

Hyuga Biomass Power is a joint venture between Osaka Gas, ITOCHU Corporation, Tokyo Century Corporation, and Tokyo Energy & Systems. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Ltd., PR, 12 May, 20210 Contact: Mitsubishi Power Ltd., www.power.mhi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Power,  Woody Biomass ,  


Mitsubishi, Powin Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi Power Americas, Powin
Date: 2021-05-05
Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. reports it and battery energy storage specialist Powin, LLC have received an order from Southern Power for two utility-scale lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage system (BESS) projects totaling 640 MWh.

The BESS projects are among the first collocated solar and storage projects in California and represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America to date. They are designed for a 20-year life cycle and four hours of energy storage duration. Southern Power's 205 MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County will add 88 MW and 352 MWh of energy storage, and its 204 MW Tranquillity Solar Facility in Fresno County, California, will add 72 MW and 288 MWh. Both projects are scheduled to come online in 2021.

The energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, both of which have existing ownership interests in the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities that went into commercial operation in 2016.

Southern Power operates the solar projects and will be responsible for operating the energy storage projects upon completion. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Powin LLC, www.powin.com; Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Mitsubishi Power Americas,  Powin,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Mitsubishi, PSE Collaborating on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi,Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2021-05-05
Lake Mary, Florida-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Americas and Washington State-based utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE) are reporting an agreement to collaborate on project development and technology solutions, such as green hydrogen production, to support the implementation of large-scale, carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage in PSE's service territory.

One of the key areas of focus will be the development of green hydrogen production, storage and transportation facilities in addition to developing hydrogen gas turbine combined cycle facilities. This could see the implementation of Misubishi Power's Hydaptive package that optimises integration across renewables, energy storage and hydrogen-enabled gas turbine power plants.

Mitsubishi Power and Magnum Development will also develop green hydrogen storage assets in PSE's territory under the terms on the agreement having previously introduced green hydrogen storage at grid scale in Delta, Utah. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Puget Sound Energy, Mary Kipp, Pres., CEO, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Puget Sound Energy ,  Green Hydrogen,  


NextGen Biomass Comments on Japan's Hydrogen Plans (Opinions, Editorials & Asides
Zilkha Black Pellets,NextGen Biomass Technologies
Date: 2021-03-03
Houston, Texas-based Zilkha Black® (biomass) Pellet producer NextGen Biomass Technologies comments on Japan's hydrogen fuel plans: "In March 2019, Japan released its third Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The plan targets reduction in hydrogen production costs and leadership in carbon capture strategies to convert hydrogen from fossil fuels. Investments are flooding in on this plan's strength.

"We (NextGen) are optimistic about the courage and vision that the Japanese nation is showing in the hydrogen economy. Here in the U.S., officials are projecting a 2028 timeline to commercialize hydrogen as a fuel. It is obvious that Japan is much more aggressive and pushes the envelope in research, development and full-scale production operations. One recent example is the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries steel plant project in Australia, which is using hydrogen instead of coal.

"Japan's top two carmakers have been steadily selling hydrogen fuel cell cars at a loss in California for more than a decade. This business model has been valuable to both companies and the Japanese government, based on customer feedback and increased interest in supporting the U.S.'s build-out of a hydrogen infrastructure. These are cars limited to use only in California, where the U.S. has 44 of its 47 hydrogen fueling stations.

"We (NextGen) have worked with others in the biofuel and biofuel derivatives market to see how our Zilkha Black Pellets work in biosyngas reactors, where companies typically generate methane and other heavier petroleum replacements that can be converted to hydrogen. Most of these processes are not currently at full production scale. The factor holding many of them back is the variability of feedstock. When different feedstocks, or even the same feedstock with varying particle or different moisture contents are added, the process must sometimes be adjusted significantly to avoid loss of product, equipment and other hazards. Using Zilkha Black Pellets as a base for bioreactors ensures a stable, uniform size, moisture and makeup feedstock to which smaller amounts of varied feedstocks can be added. These pellets cost significantly less to transport than raw biomass ever will.

"Hydrogen from biomass is a viable, low-cost electricity solution, and we are excited to work with companies operating in this space. Using a stable uniform feedstock, especially in the initial full-scale production phases, can mean the difference between a successful project and one that never reaches its goal." (Source: NextGen Biomass Technologies, Larry Price, (713) 979-9961, info@nextgenbiomass.com, lprice@nextgenbiomass.com, nextgenbiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zilkha Black Pellets,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  NextGen Biomass Technologies,  


C-Zero Raises $11.5Mn for Methane Pyrolysis,Hydrogen Prod. (Funding)
C-Zero
Date: 2021-02-22
As previously reported, Goleta-California-based C-Zero/ Decarbonizing Natural Gas has raised $11.5 million from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and other investors to advance its low-CO2 process for making hydrogen.

The technology, developed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, uses methane pyrolysis to split methane into hydrogen and solid carbon. The hydrogen can be used as a fuel or to make chemicals. Mitsubishi, which is developing hydrogen gas turbines, is also an investor in the methane pyrolysis firm Monolith Materials.

C-Zero's technology is a form of methane pyrolysis that uses innovative thermocatalysis to extract the carbon in natural gas as a dense solid. The company is developing a drop-in decarbonization system which can be placed in between the existing natural gas infrastructure and industrial natural gas consumers seeking to lower their carbon dioxide emissions, according to the company website. (Source: C-Zero, c&en, 22 Feb., 2021) Contact: C-Zero , www.czero.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-Zero ,  Hydrogen,  Methane,  


Lehigh Cement Considering Edmonton Plant CCS (Ind. Report)
Lehigh Cement ,International CCS Knowledge Centre
Date: 2021-01-27
Lehigh Cement and the International CCS Knowledge Centre are conducting a feasibility study looking at carbon capture and storage (CCS) at the Edmonton, Alberta cement plant. The study will consider an engineering design for the use of Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering's (MHIENG) carbon capture technology at Lehigh's plant in Alberta. The MHIENG technology is presently being deployed at 13 commercial plants globally.

The study is intended to: deliver a Class 4 cost estimate; to work with a carbon capture technology provider (MHI Group) to perform engineering design tailored to the Lehigh plant; to manage the process and engage third parties, as necessary; to complete a detailed business case; and to develop the budget for Front End Engineering Study (FEED). The project received $1.4 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) through its Partnership Intake Program, according to the release. (Source: Lehigh Cement, Pr, Global Cement News, Jan., 2021) Contact: Lehigh Cement, (780) 420-250, www.lehighhanson.com; International CCS Knowledge Center, 306-565-5660, info@ccsknowledge.com, www.ccsknowledge.com; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, www.mhi.com/group/mhieng/homepage

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lehigh Cement ,  CCS,  International CCS Knowledge Centre ,  


Steel Makers Moving from Coal to Hydrogen to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
POSCO
Date: 2021-01-22
Korea is facing a similar situation. In Korea, steel makers POSCO (81.48 million tpy) and Hyundai Steel (22.24 million tpy) -- the country's largest CO2 emitters -- are reported to be investigating the use of hydrogen to replace coal in the steel making process.

According to the Korea lron & Steel Association, making one ton of steel. Steel companies account for 25 pct of global industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

In Dec, 2020, POSCO announced that it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 by drastically reducing carbon emissions through a hydrogen reduction steelmaking method. Steel makers ArcelorMittal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are also planning to adopt a hydrogen reduction steelmaking method. China, the world's largest steel producer, is avoiding the hydrogen reduction steelmaking method, according to the release. (Source: Korea lron & Steel Association, POSCO, PR, Business Korea, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Korea lron & Steel Association, www.kosa.or.kr

More Low-Carbon Energy News POSCO,  CO2 Emissions,  


Pinnacle Announces Mitsubishi Contract Extension (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2021-01-11
British Columbia-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy is reporting an extension of a long-term, take-or-pay off-take contract with Japan-headquartered Mitsubishi Corporation Ltd. Under the terms of the extension, Pinnacle will supply 80,000 to 90,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to Mitsubishi beginning in Q1 2023. The industrial wood pellets will be used by a biomass power generation plant in Japan.

Wood pellet usage in Japan has continued to grow alongside the build-out of biomass generating capacity there, providing Pinnacle with a geographically advantaged opportunity to continue expanding in this market, according to the release. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Website, PR, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pinnacle Renewable Energy,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass Power,  Mitsubishi Corp,  


MHI's Monolith Investment Supports Hydrogen Prod. (Ind. Report)
Monolith Materials,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America,
Date: 2020-12-02
In the Cornhusker State, Lincoln-based Monolith Materials, Inc. is reporting receipt of an investment from Houston-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHI) to support its commercial-scale, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology at its Olive Creek 1 in Hallam --the company's first commercial-scale emissions-free production facility designed to produce approximately 14,000 metric tpy of carbon black along with emissions-free "turquoise" hydrogen using 100 pct renewable energy.

Monolith's process technology converts natural gas into clean hydrogen and a solid carbon material called carbon black, a critical raw material in the automotive and industrial sectors.

Combined, Monolith's production of hydrogen, emissions-free ammonia and carbon black are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 1 million metric tpy compared to traditional manufacturing processes, according to Monolith. (Source: Monolith Materials, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Monolith Materials, Rob Hanson, CEO, 402-413-5763, www.monolithmaterials.com; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, 346-308-8800, www.mhi.com/company/regions/americas

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Carbon Black,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America,  


Brookfield Selling Irish Wind Farms for $140Mn (Ind. Report, M&A)
Brookfield Renewable Partners
Date: 2020-11-09
Montreal-headquartered Brookfield Renewable Partners report it will sell two Irish wind farm assets for $140 million to AAUK2 MUL HoldCo , a special purpose vehicle jointly owned by Mitsubishi and Arjun.

The sale includes the 19MW Ballyhoura Wind farm in county Cork, and the 27.5MW Slievecallan wind farm in county Clare. Both wind parks were commissioned in 2018 by Brookfield. (Source: Brookfield Renewable Partners, Nov., 2020) Contact: Brookfield Renewable Partners, Connor Teskey, (888) 327-2722, enquiries@brookfieldrenewable.com, www.renewableops.brookfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookfield Renewable Partners,  


Vestas Takes Control of MHI Vestas Offshore Business (M&A, Int'l.)
Vestas, MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-10-30
Danish wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas reports its buy-out of Mitsubishi Heavy Industrys' (MHI) 50 pct stake in the MHI Vestas offshore turbine joint venture.

As part of the acquisition, MHI will take a 2.5 pct stake in Vestas and will be awarded a seat on the board in return. The all-stock deal is valued at around €709 million ($832 million). (Source: Vestas, PR, 29 Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas, MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; MHI , www.mhi.com/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI,  Vestas,  MHI Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Offshore Wind,  


UMaine Joins $147Mn Floating Offshore Wind Effort (Ind. Report)
University of Maine, Aqua Ventus
Date: 2020-08-07
The University of Maine (UMaine) reports it will collaborate with New England Aqua Ventus LLC, which includes Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., and RWE Renewables , that are investing $100 million in a project aimed at showing the feasibility of a full-scale, floating wind turbine in deep water. The $100 million investment is in addition to $47 million in grants already awarded by the U.S. DOE.

Using a floating concrete hull designed to last 100 years the project will support a 10- to 12-MW wind turbine 2 miles south of Monhegan Island and 14 miles from the Maine coast. Three mooring lines will anchor the hull in 300 feet of water.

UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center will continue with design and engineering, research and development and post-construction monitoring. So far, the VolturnUS technology has been issued 43 patents and is being licensed by UMaine to New England Aqua Ventus for this project. Aqua Ventus will own and manage permitting, construction, assembly, deployment and ongoing operations. Following extensive permitting, deployment is expected by 2023. (Source: University of Maine, Kennebec Sentinel, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117, www.maineaquaventus.com; University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Dr. Habib Dagher, Exec. Dir., 207-581-2123, www.composites.umaine.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Maine,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Aqua Ventus ,  


MHI, CIP Reporting Japan Offshore Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-07-31
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting a 50/50 a joint venture to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Hokkaido, in Japan.

MHI has established a presence within offshore wind via the joint venture MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which is expanding into the Asian Pacific.

CIP is a global fund management company within renewable infrastructure investments established in 2012, having seven funds with approximately €10bn under management, investing in offshore wind, onshore wind, power transmission, biomass, energy-from-waste and solar projects. CIP entered the Japanese renewable energy market in 2018. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; MHI , www.mhi.com/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Japan Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Vestas,  


MHI Unit Upgrading Tokyo Waste-to-Energy Plant Efficiency (Int'l.)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Date: 2020-07-27
MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co ., division of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is reporting receipt of an order from Clean Authority of Tokyo to upgrade equipment and energy efficiency of the authority's 900 metric tpd, 22-Mw Minato waste-to-energy plant.

In addition to plant heavy equipment renovations and replacements as needed, the facility will also be upgraded to utilize new motors and inverters for electric components to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by around 4 pct annually. The ¥7.6 billion ($72.2 million U.S.) project is scheduled for completion in January 2023. (Source: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., Contact: MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering Co., www.mhiec.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Isobutanol Market Likely to Hit $1,069.9Mn by 2025 (Report Offered)
Transparency Market Research
Date: 2020-07-06
According to a recent report from Transparency Market Research, the global isobutanol market was valued at $679.7 million (US) in 2016 and is likely to reach $1,069.9 million by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 5.2 pct between 2017 and 2025.

The report notes a large number of small and large companies companies are putting more focus on reducing their dependence on conventional feedstock derived from crude oil as a way to reap benefits from the rising demand for biofuels, bio-based products.

Some of the leading companies in the market are The Dow Chemical Company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, BASF SE, Eastman Chemical Company, Gevo, Grupa Azoty S.A., Saudi Butanol Company, Andra Perteochemicals Limited, and Oxea GmbH.

Request a report PDF Brochure HERE. (Source: Transparency Market Research, July, 2020) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030 , (866) 552-3453 (US-Canada Toll Free), www.transparencymarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Isobutanol news,  Biofuel news,  


DRAX, Mitsubishi Tout Biomass/Bioenergy CCS Pilot (Int'l. Report)
DRAX,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Date: 2020-06-26
In the UK, Drax Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIE) are reporting a new 12-month bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station in the Humber region, North Yorkshire.

The pilot, which is expected to get underway this autumn, will test two of MHI's proprietary solvents -- KS-1TM Solvent which is presently being used at 13 commercial plants including Petra Nova in Texas where it is capturing 1.4 million tpy of CO2 , and KS-21TM Solvent which is designed to achieve significant performance improvements and cost savings, according to MHIE.

Implementing BECCS at Drax could deliver 16 million tpy of negative emissions -- a third of the negative emissions the UK needs from BECCS to reach its zero carbon targets by 2050, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, MHI, Cdn. Biomass, 24 June, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44(0)1757 618381 www.drax.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  DRAX,  CCS,  Biomass,  


Japanese Carbon Capture Tech to be Tested in Wyoming (Ind. Report)
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Date: 2020-06-15
The state of Wyoming, Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries are reporting an agreement to jointly advance a carbon capture test project to be conducted at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center at the Dry Fork Station power plant. The tests will cover JCOAL and Kawasaki's novel amines -- chemical compounds that naturally attract carbon dioxide -- use in carbon capture. The project is now under construction.

JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions. (Source: Wyoming News Exchange, Laramie Boomerang, 12 June, 2020) Contact: Wyoming Integrated Test Center, 307-635-3573, info@wyomingitc.org, www.wyomingitc.org; JCOAL, www.jcoal.or.jp › eng; Kawasaki Heavy Industries, www.global.kawaski.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kawasaki Heavy Industries,  JCOAL,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  ,  


Japanese Banking Majors End Coal-Fired Plant Funding (Int'l.)
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial
Date: 2020-04-17
Japanese financial services giant Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) Inc. reports it will no longer lend to new coal-fired power plants from May 1, 2020. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. will also cease financing for new fossil fueled power projects but may support upgrades to existing coal-fired plants aiming to lower CO2 emissions.

Worldwide, Japanese banks are among the few major lenders who have stuck to backing coal projects. The nation's three major banks, SMFG, Mizuho and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, have been among the world's top five lenders to the coal power and mining industries over the past five years, according to Refinitiv SDC Platinum data. (Source: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial, Japan Times, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, www.smfg.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Vestas Supplying Turbines for Japanese Offshore Project (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2020-04-10
Kallanish Energy is reporting Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas will supply and install 33 units of its V117-4.2 megawatt typhoon variant turbines for Japan's first utility-scale offshore wind farm, the 139-MW Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Project in Akita prefecture.

Turbine delivery is slated for late 2021 for installation in 2022. The project is being developed by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, a Vestas Wind Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries JV that is developing 359 MW of wind power in Japan. (Source: Vestas, Kallanich, 7 April, 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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Mitsubishi, Chubu JV Completes €4.1Bn Enco Acquisition (M&A)
Mitsubishi Corp, Chubu Electric Power
Date: 2020-04-06
In Japan, Mitsubishi Corp and Chubu Electric Power Co Inc are reporting their Amsterdam-based joint venture Diamond Chubu Europe BV has completed the €4.1 billion ($4.4 billion) acquisition of Dutch energy company Eneco. Mitsubishi holds 80 pct of Diamond Chubu Europe BV with Chubu holding the remaining 20 pct.

Rotterdam-headquartered Eneco invests in wind, solar and biomass plants as well as green district heating primarily in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and has an installed renewable energy capacity of around 1.2 GW. (Source: Mitsubishi Corp , PR, April, 2020) Contact: Eneco, www.eneco.com; Chubu Electric Power, www.chuden.co.jp › english; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

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Inmarsat Joins Asian Shipping Decarbonization Initiative (Int'l.)
Inmarsat, IMO
Date: 2020-04-01
UK-based Global satellite communications provider Inmarsat has taken the role of a founding member in Asia's first decarbonising shipping initiative. The Singapore-based initiative is part of the Trade and Transport Impact (TTI) programme from venture development firm Rainmaking to bring global startups together to look into meeting UN targets on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Backed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the initiative expects to identify more than 1,000 projects offering models to tackle decarbonisation, with selected startups to be matched with maritime industry leaders willing to build collaborative pilot projects.

Other initiate participants include Cargill, DNV GL, Hafnia, Mitsubishi Corp's subsidiary MC Shipping, Vale, and Wilhelmsen.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is targeting a 50 pct cut in shipping GHG emissions by 2050, and average carbon intensity (CO2 per tonne-mile) reductions of 40 pct by 2030 and 70 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 figures. (Source: Inmarsat, Seatrade, Mar., 2020) Contact: Inmarsat, +44 (0)20 7728 1000 -- London, +65 6499 5050 -- Singapore, maritime@inmarsat.com, www.inmarsat.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Claims Taiwanese Orders (Int'l. Report)
MHI Vestas
Date: 2020-02-28
MHI Vestas and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting financial closure on the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects totaling 589 MW in Taiwan.

The two projects will incorporate 62 units of Vesta's flagship V174-9.5 MW wind turbines. Changfang Phase 1 will comprise 10 wind turbines for an installed capacity of 95 MW and will be installed in 2022. Changfang Phase 2, comprising 47 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 446.5 MW, and Xidao, comprising 5 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 47.5 MW, will be installed in 2023.t

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). The company designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines for the offshore wind sector. (Source: MHI Vestsa. PR, reve, 25 Feb., 2020) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

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Automakers Rally to Trump's Banner in Calif. Vehicle Emissions Fight (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
Association of Global Automakers
Date: 2019-10-30
In the Golden State, the Sacramento Bee is reporting General Motors, Toyota and other major automakers are supporting the Trump administration's lawsuit regarding California's higher than national standards for vehicle fuel economy and carbon emissions to address climate change.

The Association of Global Automakers and the Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation -- a group including GM, Toyota, Mazda, Fiat Chrysler and Mitsubishi -- split with four other automakers that had agreed to follow tougher rules enacted by California. The coalition said it simply wants to avoid a two-track system in which carmakers have to follow one set of rules for California, and the states that are supporting California, and another set of rules imposed by the federal government. Such a scenario would create chaos in the industry, the group argued. (Source: Sacramento Bee, 29 Oct., 2019) Contact: Association of Global Automakers, www.globalautomakers.org

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Diamond Generating Exploring Lake Erie Wind Project (Ind Report)
Diamond Generating Corporation
Date: 2019-07-31
Los Angeles, California-based Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Corporation is proposing construction of 50 or more wind turbines in Lake Erie, offshore of Buffalo, and is presently holding public meetings to that end.

On Monday, NY State Senator Chris Jacobs came out in opposition to Diamond Generating's Lake Erie wind farm plans although no proposals for the project have officially been filed with the state. The senator noted he was declaring his opposition for a variety of reasons before the company's plan was released because large scale energy projects can easily pass through the state under Article 10 allows projects to proceed without local approval. Another legislator, US Congressman Chris Collins, is expected to announce federal action to stymie the Lake Erie project on a federal level.

In Cleveland, LEEDCo -- a long delayed Lake Erie offshore wind project first proposed in 2009 -- has finally jumped through all the hoops and been OK'd by the Army Corps of Engineers. Construction there is expected to begin in 2022. (Source: WKBW, Buffalo, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Diamond Generating Corp., (213) 473-0080 info@dgc-us.com, www.dgc-us.com; LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

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Pinnacle Inks Japanese, Korean Biomass Pellet Deals (Ind. Report)
Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-07-15
Richmond, British Columbia-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc is reporting a new long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with Mitsubishi Corporation, a global integrated business enterprise in Japan and with GS Global Corporation, a biomass power producer in that country.

Under the terms of the Mitsubishi contract, Pinnacle will supply 110,000 to 120,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets beginning in 2021. For the Sout hKorean contract, Pinnacle will supply 100,000 metric tpy of industrial wood pellets to GS beginning in 2022.

Pinnacle Renewable Energy is a rapidly growing industrial wood pellet manufacturer. The company produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets, according to the company. (Source: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, PR, Lesprom Network, 15 July, 2019) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Pinnacle Pellet, Robert McCurdy, CEO, (604) 270-9613, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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1,000-MW Utah Energy Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Date: 2019-05-31
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems and Holloday, Utah-based Magnum Development are reporting plans to develop 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy storage in a Magnum-owned salt cavern in central Utah.

The two firm's Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project will deploy four types of energy storage technologies at utility scale, which include renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large-scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells.

The project is sited adjacent to the coal-fired Intermountain Power Project and will connect with the Western US power grid using existing infrastructure, according to the company. (Source: Magnum Development , Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Energy Manager, 29 May., 2019) Contact: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, www.amer.mhps.com; Magnum Development, Craig Broussard, CEO , (801) 993-7001, www.magnumdev.com

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J-ENG, NYK Developing Marine Biofuel Engine (New Prod & Tech)
Japan Engine Corp., NYK Line
Date: 2019-05-15
Japan Engine Corp. (J-ENG) reports it is cooperating with Tokyo-based NYK Line -- a maritime shipping firm -- to research and develop a maritime biofuel-powered engine for maritime use.

In collaboration with NYK Line, J-ENG plans to test the new engine using the biofuel from GoodFuels, a leading biofuel supplier based in the Netherlands. The test engine is located in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Research & Innovation Center and various fuel tests can be performed. (Source: Japan Engine Corp., Diesel & Gas Turbine, May, 2019) Contact: Japan Engine Corp., +81-78-949-0800, www.j-eng.co.jp/en NYK Line, www.nykline.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

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Iberdrola Taps MHI Vestas for Baltic Eagle Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
Iberdrola,MHI Vestas
Date: 2019-02-13
Reporting from Berlin, Iberdrola has announced the selection of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred turbine supplier for its €2.5 billion, 476-MW, Baltic Eagle offshore wind farm off the island of Rügen in the German Baltic Sea.

The contract will include up to 52 units of the V174-9.5 MW offshore wind turbine, the newly released version of the 9 MW platform from MHI Vestas. Delivery and installation is expected in 2022 / 2023.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a 50-50 joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). (Source: Iberdrola, PR, reve, Others, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, Xabier Viteri, Dir. Renewables Business, www.iberdrolarenewables.com; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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Japanese Woody Biomass Jet Fuel Demo Construction Underway (Int'l)
Fischer-Tropsch,Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Date: 2019-01-02
In December, a Japanese consortium led by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd., CEPCO, Toyo Engineering Corp., the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), touted a planned demonstration facility that integrates high-performance entrained-flow gasification technology and Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) synthesis for the production of jet fuel from woody biomass. The consortium of the demo project is now underway for an expected trial production run later this year.

When fully operational, the the demo facility will potentially process 0.7 tpd of woody biomass to produce about 20 lpd of "neat" biojet fuel. MHPS will be responsible for the entrained-bed gasification technology, Toyo for micro-channel F-T synthesis technology and the reforming of the synthesized oil, CEPCO for equipment operation and fuel procurement, and JAXA for evaluation of combustion characteristics.

MHPS notes it has been developing coal-gasification technology since the 1980s, and has established high-performance gasification furnace technology. (Source: MHPS, Chemical Engineering, 1 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHPS, www.mhps.com; NEDO, www.nedo.go.jp; JAXA, global.jaxa.jp

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Mitsubishi Claims 240MW Japanese Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Mitsubishi Electric
Date: 2018-11-21
Japan's Mitsubishi Electric has won a contract from global engineering company Chiyoda Corporation for its BLEnDer RE energy storage system. The energy storage system, along with power conditioners (PCS), will be installed at Kita-Toyotomi substation in Hokkaido, Japan. The substation is owned by North Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission company.

The energy storage system will have a maximum output of nearly 240MW and 720MWh storage capacity, and is expected to come onl;ine in March , 2023.

Chiyoda Corporation is responsible for the design, engineering, and construction for the grid reinforcement pilot project which is backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. Mitsubishi Electric noted that its BLEnDer RE energy-management system is designed to monitor and control batteries for renewable energy power supply and to help in balancing electricity demand and grid stability. (Source: Mitsubishi Electric, Power Technology, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html

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Enviva Confirms Japanese Wood Pellet Supply Contracts (Int'l)
Enviva
Date: 2018-11-05
Bethesda, Maryland-based wood pellet supplier Enviva Holdings LP reports the conditions precedent to its previously announced take-or-pay off-take contracts to supply wood pellets to Aioi Bioenergy Corporation have been satisfied and the agreements are now firm.

Under the terms of the agreement, Enviva will be the exclusive, long-term imported biomass fuel supplier of approximately 180,000 and 450,000 metric tpy of wood pellets to Aioi Bioenergy Corporation, a Mitsubishi Corporation Power Ltd. and Kansai Electric Power Co, Inc. joint venture that is converting an existing oil-fired power plant to biomass. Pellet deliveries are are scheduled to begin in late 2022 and continue for at least 15 years. Enviv owns and operates six plants with a combined production capacity of nearly 3 million tpy of wood pellets in Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. (Source: Enviva, Citizens Tribune, 31 Oct., 2018) Contact: Enviva, www.envivabiomass.com; Enviva Partners, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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Japan Launches Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Date: 2018-10-29
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are reporting the launch and earth orbit entry of a Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2) on Monday from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island.

The GOSAT-2 satallite, which was developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 613 kilometres to gather data on methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The satellite will also monitor air pollution by measuring levels of particulate matter such as PM 2.5.

The satellite will play "a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change related policies," Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement. Source: Mitsubishi Electric, AAP, SBS News, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Aerospace Exploration Agency, global.jaxa.jp;Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html

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